About Guest Blogger Andrew Hobbs

Andrew Hobbs is the Chief CFD/DEM Engineer at Astec, Inc. where he has been an ANSYS Fluent user for over 15 years. Astec is a global leader in the hot mix asphalt plant industry. Andrew has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is working on a PhD part time at the University of Edinburgh. He lives in Sheffield, England with his wife, two kids, and their golden retriever.

Discovery Live Paves the Way for Rapid Simulation Results

I was recently presented with a unique opportunity to compare the results of full ANSYS CFD simulations with the results obtained using the new ANSYS Discovery Live product, which provides results instantly upon changing the geometry without interrupting a run. I was very pleased and surprised by the speed and accuracy of Discovery Live in this comparison test.

I work for Astec, Inc., the subsidiary of Astec Industries that builds asphalt plants. Roadtec Inc., another Astec Industries company, builds asphalt pavers, reclaimers and material transfer vehicles (MTVs). An MTV helps to accomplish non-stop, non-contact paving by offering a continuous supply of Hot Mix to the paver. By separating dump trucks from the paver this way, contractors are able to make a smoother finished road.

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